Homeowners who might have crumbling foundations will want to know about state bond funding monies to help pay for the cost of getting your foundation tested.
The money will come from $5 million in grants set aside by the state department of housing for a one-time reimbursement per house affected. The payment is based on a first come, first serve basis.
"It is a big deal we're excited, it's been a long time coming," Pauline Yoder with the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) said.
Yoder said the application process should open in December.
Here's how it works:
- Each house is eligible for reimbursement for visual inspections and core testing for failing foundations done after July 1, 2015.
- The state said the concrete had to come from JJ Mottes, which is now out of business, and the home has to be within 20 miles of the company's former location in Stafford Springs.
- The home has to have been built after 1983 or an addition has to have been built after 1983.
- The homeowner it has to be the home at the time the testing is done.
- Visual tests will be reimbursed up to $400 at 100 percent, core tests will be reimbursed 50 percent up to $2,000 up to two cores.This means a homeowner might be eligible to get $2400.
- The homeowner must provide certain documents and receipts.
"The report, pictures of their basement, they're going to need docs saying they are the homeowner or were the homeowner at the time of the test," Yoder added.
If a homeowner already sold their house but did the testing previously, they may still be eligible.
Yoder said to submit paperwork to show they were the homeowner at the time inspection was done or the core test was done, but the only caveat is it’s on a first come, first serve basis so if current homeowner also did a visual foundations inspection, whoever comes first will be reimbursed.
There will be a meeting for homeowners to learn more about on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Ellington.